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Two Ways I’m Setting Realistic Fitness Goals in 2018

Posted in Fashion & Lifestyle, Pensacola
on January 22, 2018

Goals. Goals. Goals.

When I sat down to write about my 2018 fitness goals, I knew that I wanted this year to be different. I wanted to stick with my goals and I wanted them to be as simple as possible. Here is what I came up with:

 

I know myself and I know that if I’m going to stick realistic fitness goals, I need to tailor them in a way that fits my lifestyle. My journey so far has already involved a few “wake up calls”. Example: When you overhear a Grandma bragging that she took more steps in a day than you. You’ll have to keep reading for the full story on that…

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Gift Guide for Home

Posted in Fashion & Lifestyle, Home
on December 20, 2017

I hope my readers are doing well and enjoying the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Rob and I are preparing to travel to my home in Dallas, Texas. I am so excited to be able to spend Christmas with my family and eat my heart out with tex-mex food.

I recently created a last minute gift guide for the home. These gifts are the perfect way to spruce up your home for the coming new year.



1. GOOGLE HOME MINI – Bring the power of a virtual assistant into your home for the new year. I recently partnered Verizon Wireless to demo the Google Home mini. I will be publishing a more detailed post soon about why I LOVE this nifty device so much. Here are some of the ways I have been using it recently:

Reminding me of the weather outside while I get dressed for work.

– Setting alarms for the morning.

– Making calendar appointments.

– Getting the daily news roundup while I drink my coffee before work. 

– Playing soothing music before I fall asleep at night.

I fell asleep last night listening to the comforting crackle of a winter campfire.

 


Have you been on the lookout for a fantastic last minute gift? Head over to your nearest Verizon store today and pick up one of these nifty devices or purchase it online. P.S. It’s on SALE right now for 40% OFF the regular price!

2. WALL CALENDAR – This wall calendar has been the perfect addition to our home and busy lives. I can’t tell you how many times Robert and I would get each other’s schedule mixed up when we first got married. Now it’s incredibly easy to write out every event for the month and have it hanging in a highly visible area. No more confusion! I fell in love with this gold version. And this one comes in a pretty rose color. 

3. LAVENDER & LEMON CANDLE – I am Yankee Candle® obsessed! I’ve tried so many of their scents, but I have to say that my all-time favorite is the lavender & lemon scent. It is the most calming and relaxing scent after a long day of work. I also buy this scent for winter months. 

4. NINJA COFFEE BAR – There is a reason I keep talking about this contraption because it’s simply AMAZING. Are you looking to upgrade your coffee game in 2018? This coffee bar will forever change the way you drink coffee. Think about how much a regular gourmet coffee cost in stores and multiply that by 15 days per month…

I was averaging $2.80 per order which comes out to around $42 per month. Now I buy a big bag of whole bean coffee for $10 at TJ Maxx, grind the beans myself and voila! I have my morning coffee. This coffee bar is perfect for guests as well because you have the option to make a full pot or a simple cup. It’s on SALE right now at Kohl’s. 

5. MAGNOLIA WREATH – Add a bit of Southern Charm to your doorstep in the Spring and Summer of 2018 with a magnolia wreath. I always get stuck with what to place on my door during the non-holiday months and I think this is the perfect compromise. One Kings Lane is an exquisite online market when it comes to home decor. I’m also obsessed with this citrus wreath from OKL as well. 

6. MONOGRAMMED CHAMPAGNE FLUTES – Every home should have a few adorable champagne glasses for entertainment and celebratory purposes. What better time of year to invest in champagne flutes than right before New Year’s Eve? I think the gold polka dot detailing on these are adorable. I also love these if you’re on a budget. 

7. MARBLE VANITY TRAY – Spruce up your bathroom counter with this beautiful marble tray to hold your morning and night necessities. This has been one of my favorite purchases because it’s (1) It is affordable and (2) It is a beautiful way to make base housing look more luxurious.

8. FAMILY RECIPE BOX – If you’re a newlywed, invest in this cute recipe tin! It will make meal planning easier in those first few months. Rob and I love to write down our favorite recipes so that we can pull them out from our tin at a moment’s notice. It’s actually faster than pulling up a recipe on your phone! When you’re meal planning, pull out all of your favorite recipes to include in your weekly rotation. I have this beautiful blue version but I also love the citrus version which is currently in stock on the Anthropologie® website.  

9. ELEPHANT WINE RACK – I love a good wine rack and this adorable rack from another one of my favorite retailers Joss & Main would add a unique touch to any kitchen. I love the wood finishing and how cute are the elephants?! This budget version is more modern but also extremely versatile for any type of kitchen decor.

Have a beautiful holiday season loves! Feel free to follow me over on Instagram and shoot me a direct message to introduce yourself.

Until Next Time.

-S

This blog post was part of a partnership with Verizon Wireless, however, all opinions stated are my own.
This post does contain affiliate links. 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide for Her

Posted in Fashion & Lifestyle, Holiday
on December 7, 2017

 

1. Swell bottle – I seriously love these water bottles. They always keep my water cold no matter where I am in the dreaded Florida humidity. In the winter they’re great to carry around for that much-needed hydration. Swell bottles come in a variety of patterns and colors so it’s easy to choose the one you love. I personally love this one and this one.  

2. Alex and Ani Wonder Woman Wrap Ring – Who doesn’t love Wonder Woman? Seriously, Gal Gadot is such a badass. When it comes to jewelry, I love dainty gold pieces and this one caught my eye in particular. I swear being a military spouse and trying to juggle a career, household and support your husband can make you feel like a wonder woman most days. I can’t even imagine how the working mothers feel! Shop here

3. Fresh Rosewater Toner – I have always struggled with skin issues and I’ve tried almost every product or service on the market. In my early twenties, I had such bad acne that I had to have scalpel scar removal from a top dermatologist in Dallas. This toner is a lifesaver in the winter for my dry skin. It also doubles perfectly as a makeup setting spray. I love this bottle because it’s large and lasts me forever. Rosewater has incredible benefits for your skin such as balancing your PH and providing hydrating antioxidants. Shop here

4. Alex and Ani Arrow Necklace – I’ve always loved arrow designs in jewelry. Maybe my childhood crush on Legolas in Lord of the Rings has something to do with this (hehe). This necklace is adorable and can be paired with almost ANY outfit. Shop here

5. TopShop Millie Coat – I personally own the Meg version of this coat which is very similar. I purchased this beautiful camel coat in New York City at their Topshop flagship store and have been in love ever since. It’s warm, classic, and polished. You can pair it with almost any Fall or Winter outfit. I recently wore mine in Tennessee for a wedding weekend. Shop here

6. Frye Riding Boots – I got my first pair of Frye boots for Christmas about two years ago. Frye boots are the crown jewel of riding boots. The leather is exceptional and they are well worth the price tag for their durability and craftsmanship. Shop here. (These are on sale right now!) 

7. Ivanka Trump Soho Work Tote – If you’re a working woman, then this bag is for you! I searched EVERYWHERE the summer before my internship in Washington, D.C. for a work tote and this one fits ALL of my requirements. It’s a beautiful design and has plenty of room for your things – plus a plethora of pockets! I love the Soho tote because it was designed with working women in mind. Shop here

8. Nike Air Max Thea shoes – Nike hits the mark again with their Theas! These shoes can easily be paired with casual outfits, yet they offer enough support to be workout shoes as well. I will always keep a pair of these in my closet. They come in plenty of colors too. I happen to love pink. Shop here

9. Joy Mangano travel steamer – If you don’t own a travel steamer, buy one NOW. Even my husband uses this nifty gadget for his military uniforms. It’s so easy to pack in a suitcase and just as easy to store in your closet for last minute outfit changes. Shop here. 

10. Essential Oil Diffuser – I’ve started running a diffuser at night on my nightstand and I love the comforting aroma that it provides before I fall asleep. This one is super cute and stylish! Shop here

11. Korres Greek Yoghurt Cleanser – As I mentioned above, I’ve always struggled with finding a good skincare regimen. The winter tends to dry out my skin and this is one of the ONLY cleansers I’ve found that doesn’t make me break out and is gentle enough for sensitive skin. Korres is an exceptional skin care line and well worth investing in. Shop here

12. Ninja Coffee Bar – I saved holy grail for last. This pretty contraption has not only saved my morning sanity but my wallet as well. Are Rob and I Starbucks addicts? Guilty as charged! We were both spending close to $3 or $4 per day on Starbucks until we bought the Ninja coffee bar. Now we can enjoy a cup whenever we please. It’s also perfect for guests because you have the option to make a full pot or a single serve cup. Shop here. (On sale right now!)

Note: I personally own 9 of these 12 items. 

Until Next Time. 

-S

This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own. 

Take Your Social Media Content to Another Level with an iPhone 8+

Posted in Fashion & Lifestyle, Pensacola
on December 1, 2017

Hello lovelies,  


I hope everyone is enjoying the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. You can catch me over here browsing Pinterest and pinning holiday content to my boards nonstop. If we are not Pinterest friends, let’s change that ASAP.

As we enter the heart of “gift-giving” season, I’m reminded once again that I need to make a Christmas list. Clothing and gift cards have always topped my list in years past, however, 2017 will be a bit different. This Christmas, I am listing items that can improve my blog and social media. Improving my blog photography has been on the top of my “to-do” list for quite awhile now. Almost ALL of my photos on social media and the blog are shot on an iPhone because I hate lugging around a bunch of photography equipment. Maybe that is the minimalist in me? I also don’t have the luxury of an “insta-husband” to lug around said photography equipment because mine is most likely studying or flying. #flightschoolrocks

This past month I was given the incredible opportunity to demo and review the iPhone 8+ courtesy of Verizon Wireless. Not only was using this smartphone an incredible experience, I was amazed at the quality of Verizon service compared to my normal service provider. If you’re in the Pensacola area, I HIGHLY recommend switching to Verizon. I absolutely did not want to go back to my old phone and service provider after this demo. I experienced ZERO dropped calls or the dreaded “searching for bars” at inopportune times. Verizon had me SOLD within the first few days.

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What to Put in Your Purse Emergency Kit and the Story of Ripped Pants

Posted in Career, Fashion & Lifestyle
on September 25, 2017

Disclaimer: If you don’t want to read about things like the importance of good underwear and a pack of Midol, then go ahead and skip this post.

From my days working in the great city of Washington, D.C., I very quickly learned the importance of having a killer purse emergency kit. One too many times I would trek into Union Station to find pain reliever and other small necessity items during my lunch break. It was in one of those moments that I decided that something needed to change. Days later, a purse emergency kit became a staple in my work tote.

Why is this important for busy women?
My commute to my internship near Capitol Hill involved a bus and two metro trains for a combined one-hour journey most mornings. If I forgot something, I never had time to run back to my place to retrieve the needed item. Most busy women and mothers don’t have time to turn back if you forget something. I thanked myself a million times over once I started carrying an emergency kit with me. Since this small item has made such a positive impact in my life, I’d like to share how I built my kit with my fellow readers.

Emergency kits are perfect for work totes, larger purses, and even diaper bags. Ladies, you could have on the most killer outfit one day but an unexpected splash of from your latte on white trousers will have you wishing that there was a tide pen handy. Here is what I pack in my purse emergency kit:

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Spring Dresses and Downtown Pensacola Wine Bars

Posted in Fashion & Lifestyle, Pensacola
on August 22, 2017

This past week I tagged along with my fashion blogger friend Rachel Wehring, owner of the blog What is She Wehring. Rachel is my old next door neighbor from our first apartment complex in Florida. We’re both Texans, love dogs and wine. How perfect, right?

We had always talked about taking photos together in downtown Pensacola, so I decided that we would finally set a date for it.

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Raising a Service Puppy

Posted in Fashion & Lifestyle
on August 18, 2017

How do you raise a service puppy/dog? Well, I didn’t know either until Rob and I embarked on this crazy venture. And it’s crazy at times!

We first found about America’s Vet Dog Program when I went to obtain my very first military ID. Whoo! When we were getting my ID, the gentleman helping us out had photos the service dog he was raising on his wall. He then informed us that there was a prison in Milton, Florida (not far from Pensacola) that trains service puppies during the week and places the pups with families during the weekends to get them socialized for a normal life. If you’re accepted into the program, you’ll have a pup placed with you, including all of their vet bills, food, crate, etc paid for!

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